Leborn 16 is launched in Los Angeles. As one of the present leader figures in NBA, the sneakers of Leborn definitely has kinds of top technology. The new generation continues the insole configuration of last generation. Let’s see its performance on the basketball court.
For the first sight of Lebron 16, most of people feel that the shoe shape is highly consistent with last generation. It just has the difference in details. As it were the improvement of Lebron 15.
The front view of this sneaker. BattleKnit 2.0 vamp is chequered with black and white.
The side view of this sneaker. The insole still use the same configuration of last generation.
The rear view of this sneaker, the heelpiece with leather texture to increase the stability. The left heelpiece is embossed with BBZ and the right heelpiece with 330.
Leborn 16 is integrated shoe body design. But the moving space of shoe tongue is big. It’s easy to wear.
BattleKnit 2.0 vamp is soft and comfortable. It’s not tight.
The size of Leborn 16 is normal. You can choose the normal size that you wear.
After wearing, the width of shoe tree on forefoot is moderated.
Wrapping Performance & Support：8 scores
The lacing system of Leborn 16 hasn’t use dynamic Flywire design. So it doesn’t have obvious improvement of wrapping performance. You can feel that the feet fit well with the vamp, but not tight. For the supporting performance, BattleKnit 2.0 vamp has been improved comparing with last generation.
The lace hole of Leborn 16 is different with the normal design. The normal lace hole across the whole vamp. But the lace hole of this sneaker only exist in the knit vamp, not passing though the inner sleeve. But this design will make it difficult to tension the laces to improve the wrapping performance. It needs to be adjusted after wearing. You can feel that the vamp fit well with the vamp, but lacking the tight oppressing sensation. The foam padding in heelpiece is not thick enough.
BattleKnit 2.0 vamp improves the intensity comparing with last generation. It can offer great support when moving. The heelpiece is reinforced by leather, which can increase the support to ankle. The stability of Leborn 16 is obviously better than last generation.
From this side view, we can see that the design on heelpiece position which can increase the area of insole thrust surface, then it can improve the stability.
Traction & Abrasion Resistance：8 scores
The outsole of Leborn 16 uses herringbone texture deisgn. The traction is excellent. But the abrasion resistance of crystal outsole is not good. We only suggest to wear it for playing on wood floor.
When testing the sudden stop on outfield, Leborn 16 can stop at once.
On wood floor, the crystal outsole hasn’t been abrased. But the crystal outsole has obvious rough selvedge in out-field.
Cushion: 9 scores
For configuration of insole, LeBorn 16 uses 3 stops separated air cushion as last generation, which including ZOOM Air Cushion on forefoot and arch and ZOOM with MAX air cushion on heelpiece. The match of ZOOM+MAX on heelpiece can be said to be top level. It doesn’t need to talk about the comfortable sensation. And it has big area of ZOOM Air Cushion on forefoot, I can feel the resilience feedback from insole.
The small Zoom Air Cushion on arch doesn’t have big effect when wearing. It’s mainly for stabilize the insole.
General Comment：8.3 scores
As LeBorn 16 uses the same insole model as last generation, the variation of whole vamp appearance is not obviously. If only looking from the appearance, Leborn 16 is just the improvement of Leborn 15.
The tenacity of BattleKnit 2.0 vamp has been improved. The support of vamp is better than Leborn 15.
For insole cushion, LeBorn 16 uses 3 stops separated air cushion. You can feel the obvious resilient feedback due to the big ZOOM Air Cushion on forefoot. The stability of ZOOM+MAX air cushion on heelpiece is good. The normal body weight can keep the supporting stability after jumping to the floor. The crystal outsole is only suitable to infield. The wear-resisting property when playing on outfield is bad. We suggest the power and ponderal type frontline players to wear it for actual combact.
Lebron went to the new team when the new sports competition season. In the new environment, Lebron 16th generation were also coming. It used the same insole cushion technology as last generation. The shoe tongue has been revised and improved. It’s similar to Leborn 15. The two obvious disadvantages of Leborn 15 is rollover prevention and high center of gravity. Could Leborn 16 overcome these problems to demonstrate Lebron series?
Let’s start from the details of vamp. The main match colors is black and gray with red. It embroider his daughter’s name abbreviations <BBZ> and the area code of his hometown Akron <330> on the left and right heel. On the shoe tongue, it embosses the name of charity institutions which cooperate with Leborn, and the map of Ohioan. The location of five-pointed star is for Akron.
Leborn’ s signature and NO.23 are also showed on the shoe tongue. The first feeling when wearing Leborn 16 is the same as Leborn 15. It has high center of gravity than normal sneakers. The thick insole air cushion brings good cushion. But for some players who prefer to the feeling of touching floor, Leborn 16 is not suitable. The 3 air chamber covers the area except toes. The cushion is excellent. You will like the feedback of spring back. It’s special, but it still need times for wearers to adapt to.
Leborn 16 improves the wrapping performance obviously. It updates the design of shoe tongue, which is adding the leather texture. The 2 sections of folding design makes Leborn 16 to be suitable for more people’s instep height. This is a new solution to make shoe tongue and vamp to be integrated.
Leborn 16 has good supporting vamp. The anti-torsion performance must be better than last generation. It optimizes the protection. But comparing with other sneakers, due to the higher insole, its sensitivity of turning and stutter stop is not good.
The weight of Leborn 16 EUR size 44 is about 520g, due to the leather texture and thick insole. It’s heavy.
Although its upper height is not high, but the heavy weight is not suitable for some basketball players.
It’s obviously that Leborn 16 has been improved. After evaluating, we find that it has optimized the disadvantages of last generation. But it’s with the same outsole frame. Its advantages and disadvantages are also obvious. The main advantages are the excellent cushion and vamp support. But the sensitivity of insole is not good. If you have purchased Leborn 15 and like its cushion, Leborn 16 could also attracts you.